Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2019 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2019

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  • Distiller:

    Four Roses

  • Bottler:

    Four Roses

  • ABV:

    56.3%

  • Age:

    11 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: The 2019 filled in basically all the things that were missing from the 2018. Just from the nose I could tell that there was more body and substance behind this whiskey. Heavier, richer, more pronounced, this was what I wanted.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: It’s still one worth seeking out if you’re a Four Roses fan, however the blow of not finding one can be easily lessened thanks to the recent addition of Small Batch Select to the Four Roses family.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long and complex with a subtle oakiness balanced by hints of peaches, apricots, and caramel. Excellent!
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  • Raided Score: 100
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: The 2019 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch is just awesome, hands down it’s my favorite since the 2015/125th. It’s heavily oaked but not distractingly so, richly sweet but not cloying and rustic without being too grainy or farmy.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A late appearance of dry tannins reveals the influence of the oldest casks in the lot.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Beneath the woody splendor lurks a core of rich black cherry fruit, which permeates the full-bodied palate, oozing with dark berry fruit that slowly succumbs to butterscotch, espresso, chocolate-covered cherries, and drying tannins. A masterful work of balance and lush flavors.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This is definitely bourbon to be sipped and enjoyed slowly. It has a nice bite and heat on your first drink, but the lovely flavors soon come through.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: I’m both excited and happy that Four Roses stepped outside of their comfort zone with this release and feel they may have a whiskey of the year contender on their hands.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Don’t even think of adding water here; the whiskey doesn’t need a drop and is delightful through and through at full strength
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Really interesting bottle, one that's a bit unique compared to past releases in a way that I'm hella into.
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  • Intro:

    This years Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition is a blend of 11,15, and 21 year old bourbons from the OBSV, OESK and OESV recipes. This is bottled at cask strength, with NAS, despite the TTB violations on the label. This release is pretty hyped, year to year, so I'm looking forward to trying another entry in the FR SmBLE lineage. Let's dive in.

  • Nose:

    Pungent, sweet and musty. Loaded with oak, toffee, pipe tobacco, amaretto nuttiness and sweet honey. Rich and indulgent.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel, although the heat is present and restrained. Lots of toffee, some oak. Good deal of cocoa here and nutty peanut brittle. Amaretto notes. Big bold clove and allspice. Not overoaked, but very evidently tannic. Some heat grows with time.

  • Finish:

    Long but a bit hot. Bright and fruity - orange marmalade and berry before the oak, toffee and tobacco return.

  • Overall:

    Really interesting bottle, one thats a bit unique compared to past releases in a way that I'm hella into. The releases of the last couple years haven't super scratched many itches for me, but this is my jam. Strong work, Roses. This is easily my favorite SmBLE since 2015.

  • Score:

    8

  • By t8ke
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